Fire restrictions begin in Pine-Strawberry | Pine / Strawberry
Due to a new fire prevention code passed on April 15, firefighters in the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department can now issue a citation for those who violate fire restrictions.
“We’re not cops, we’re educators,” Pine-Strawberry Fire Department Fire Marshal Rick Barnes said. “We try to solve a problem with minimal intrusion, we will educate and warn first.”
The offenses are a Class 3 misdemeanor. If cited, a person can face a fine of $ 500 or 30 days in jail. Barnes’ goal is to avoid posting quotes.
The vast majority of affected calls come from and relate to guests and visitors using an Airbnb, VRBO or family cabin, Barnes said.
People who may not be aware of the dangers facing a mountain community facing drier than normal conditions are often unaware of fire restrictions.
Barnes asks for our help.
If you own or work for a vacation home, go to pinestrawberryfiredistrict.com and print out the current restrictions and make sure they are posted and available to your guests.
If you meet a new neighbor or a weekend guest, kindly share the information, Barnes added. PSFD is happy to be called, but let’s be sure there is a problem as propane and charcoal barbecues are still allowed under current fire restrictions.
Education is the first step, said Barnes. Post this on your social media and talk to the people you meet this summer.
“We don’t want to write tickets, we want to educate,” Barnes said.
Tonto National Forest also entered Phase 1 restrictions starting at 8 a.m. on Friday. For more information on these restrictions, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto.
Here are the rules under the current restrictions:
Any wood fire outside is prohibited. Smoking is not permitted outside within 5 feet of combustible material.
The use of charcoal in a barbecue with a closable top, propane appliances, electrical appliances and pellet smokers are permitted with a distance of 10 feet from combustible materials. Ashes MUST be properly disposed of in a non-combustible (ie metal, ceramic) container with 10 feet (two if covered) of separation from combustible materials.
Please note that if Tonto National Forest falls under the restrictions in Stage 2, Gila County will also enter the fire restrictions. Their ordinance makes no exceptions for the use of charcoal or smokers. Once they come within the restrictions, only gas or electric appliances can be used.
Weed burners, chain saws and mowers can be used. They must have a spark arrester and a water source or fire extinguisher must be present. A fire watch must be carried out for 30 minutes after the end of the work. The fire department does not need a permit for these devices.
A more complete list of what is allowed and what is not is posted in several places in the fire district. This list is also available at both stations. Finally, the fire prevention list and code can be viewed at pinestrawberryfiredistrict.com.
Which always requires a permit, regardless of fire restrictions:
Open air blight (brush, leaves, pine needles, etc.). Bonfires (ceremonial fires over three feet in area and two feet in height) always require a permit. Neither bonfires nor open fires are permitted when winds are forecast above 10 mph, regardless of fire restrictions. It is still forbidden to burn waste.
Hot work (cutting, welding and other similar activities producing flames, sparks or fires) requires a permit.
PSFD permits are free, but require inspection to ensure safety. Call 928-476-4272 to obtain a permit for open burning or hot work.
What you cannot do under fire restrictions:
You cannot build or maintain a recreational fire. Recreational fires include ceremonial, recreational, warming and cooking fires (other than those described above).
Regardless of fire restrictions, recreational fires should always be more than 25 feet from combustible materials.
Open fires and bonfires are not permitted under fire restrictions.
Although violations of the Pine-Strawberry Fire District fire code are a Class 3 misdemeanor (with potential penalties of up to $ 500 or 30 days of incarceration), our philosophy is that we want to be safe. of our community through education, education and more education. , with enforcement as an absolute last resort. Please help us protect you, your neighbors and your property by being smart with fire.
Afternoon at the Pine Library
Adults and teens of the Pine and Strawberry Country are invited to an afternoon at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 14. The project involves making a Hobbit crown. The event is free and takes place in the library activity room.